Irish Firmly in Richardson's Top Five

Notre Dame is spending a lot of time recruiting in the Southeast. A number of the top prospects for the 2007 recruiting class are from SEC and ACC country. Defensive lineman Quintin Richardson, Spring Valley high school (Columbia, S.C.) is one of those players and he made his first trip to South Bend for the March 4 junior day.

Most Notre Dame fans were aware that cornerback Gary Gray was going to attend Notre Dame's most recent junior day, but his friend Quintin Richardson (6-5, 265 pounds) came as a surprise to many. The Irish have been recruiting Richardson since the fall and he enjoyed his initial visit to the Notre Dame campus.

"I was real impressed. Seeing the campus and everything, it was great," Richardson said of his junior day experience. "I've been getting letters from them since September. They've been one of my favorites for a while. It surpassed my expectations by a mile.

"I talked to coach Oliver most of the time and tight ends coach Parmalee. Coach Oliver talked about the defensive line and their schemes."

Richardson was pleased that he was able to spend time with Notre Dame's defensive line coach. Prior to arriving on campus Richardson was under that impression that Notre Dame was going to recruit him for the offensive line.

"Talking to coach Weis one-on-one, he asked me what position I preferred to play," Richardson explained. "I said defensive line, but I'm adjusting to offensive line so it really doesn't matter where I play.

"He said I looked a little small for the offensive line. He said with my athleticism and ability that defensive line was a good position for me. He said he didn't have any tape of me playing defense, so he was going to come down May 2nd and watch one of our spring practices. Hopefully I'll get an offer then."

Richardson has currently has nine scholarship offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Kentucky, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee State. The Irish didn't offer Quintin, but the Notre Dame staff showed him enough to keep his interest.

"Yes sir, yes I am," Richardson replied when asked if he were still interested in Notre Dame despite not receiving an offer. "I'm pretty sure I'll get an offer, I hope so anyway. I really like Notre Dame right now.

"They're in my top five with South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Clemson," he added. Top Stories